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Barron's Booknotes-A Separate Peace by John Knowles

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_____ 1. "I always jumped. Otherwise I would have lost face with Phineas and that would have been unthinkable," was spoken by

A. Brinker
B. Gene
C. Leper _____ 2. If Finny's first fall was possibly the result of Gene's jostling the tree, his second fall was probably due to
A. a second shaking of the tree by Gene
B. Finny's presence at Gene's "trial"
C. an accident of undisclosed nature _____ 3. "The traditions had been broken, the standards let down, all rules forgotten," was a direct consequence of
A. the trial of Gene
B. the coming of war
C. the fall of Finny _____ 4. The snowball fights were organized by
A. Brinker as casual competitions
B. Quackenbush as a school function
C. Finny as a war game _____ 5. Finny's jumping from the tree may be seen as a symbol of
A. competition
B. an act of war
C. a separate peace _____ 6. Gene's statement, "Nothing had broken his [Phineas'] harmonious and natural unity. So at last I had," suggests
A. Gene's possible jealousy and sense of remorse
B. Phineas' innocence and lack of awareness
C. neither of the above _____ 7. The two war casualties in A Separate Peace were
A. Finny and Gene
B. Gene and Leper
C. Finny and Leper _____ 8. "Breaking the rules" is deliberately used by Knowles to show
A. its contrast to the rules of war
B. Finny's destructive spirit
C. Brinker's challenge to authority _____ 9. Leper's going AWOL may be an indication of his
A. being a misfit, in general
B. sensitivity to the brutality of war
C. protest against the war effort _____ 10. The game of blitzball is a play on the German phrase "blitzkrieg" meaning a
A. high school sport
B. lightning war
C. running competition

11. Describe the role of nature and the elements in A Separate Peace.
12. The teenage years are an important time for finding yourself. How well do you think Gene knows who he is?

13. Do you think sports are given exaggerated importance in A Separate Peace? If so, why? If not, why not?

14. Trace the theme of justice in A Separate Peace. Is it your conclusion that John Knowles believes we live in an unjust world?

15. Compare the Gene Forrester of the summer of 1942 with the Gene Forrester of the summer of 1943. How do they differ?

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